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December 19
19-DEC-2011 Walter O. Koenig

December 19

Interesting Napping Position

While waiting for Pelicans to fly by near La Jolla Cove this morning, I watched these four Sea Lions arrange themselves in this position.

Here is something about California Sea Lions from wikipedia:

"California sea lion males grow to 850 lbs and 2.4 meters (8 ft) long, while females are significantly smaller, at 220 lbs and 2 meters (6.5 ft) long.
They have pointed muzzles, making them rather dog-like. Males grow a large crest of bone on the top of their heads as they reach sexual maturity, and this gives the animal its generic name (loph is "forehead" and za- is an emphatic; Zalophus californianus means "Californian big-head").
They also have manes, although they are not as well developed as the manes of adult male South American or Steller sea lions. Females are lighter in color than the males, and pups are born dark, but lighten when they are several months old. When it is dry, the skin is a purple color.
A sea lion's average lifespan is 17 years in the wild, and longer in captivity. By sealing their noses shut, they are able to stay underwater for up to 15 minutes."

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
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janescottcumming22-Dec-2011 02:43
They look like they are nice and comfortable now. Well seen and taken. V
Betty Vlasiu20-Dec-2011 20:14
Stunning catch. Wonderful image.
globalgadabout20-Dec-2011 14:37
like little kids it seems they can sleep in any amusing and sympathetic quartet..
pkocinski20-Dec-2011 13:18
The one facing the other way got tired of fish breath :-)
Vince20-Dec-2011 12:39
They look so comfortable cuddling together. Excellent capture. Vote.
Norman Richard20-Dec-2011 11:51
they look like friendly rocks! V
FrankB20-Dec-2011 09:56
I have to try one of those pillows!...ouch.....excellent group....V :)
Tom LeRoy20-Dec-2011 07:17
A charming scene, these are wonders of nature. Fine capture, Walter. V
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak20-Dec-2011 06:41
A charming scene! ~V~
lou_rozensteins20-Dec-2011 06:02
Excellent group!
Gérard Koehl20-Dec-2011 05:31
Magnifique prise. V
fotabug20-Dec-2011 05:25
Must be comfortable then. :)
joseantonio20-Dec-2011 04:07
Very nice find
Bryan Murahashi20-Dec-2011 04:07
Cute shot, Walter. V
Cindi Smith20-Dec-2011 02:41
That one is having gas....I just know it!
Stephanie20-Dec-2011 01:33
Fascinating information about these familiar creatures! Great capture too Walter! V
Mike H.20-Dec-2011 00:51
Nice capture of these sea lions and interesting info!
Frank Brault20-Dec-2011 00:21
A terrific image. V
Jim Coffman20-Dec-2011 00:15
Wow, that makes my neck hurt to look at it!! Nice work,Walter!!
Jean Chiasson20-Dec-2011 00:07
Wow beautiful image bravo Walter vote
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography19-Dec-2011 23:23
Good shot, Vote.
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